On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM, Felipe Contreras
> On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 4:59 AM, Thomas Rast <tr...@inf.ethz.ch> wrote:
>> A cursory look^W^Wreview of the messages in fc/remote-hg:
> [skipping irrelevant comments]
> I'm sorry, did you actually hit an issue that required to look at the
> commit message to understand where the issue came from? No? Then I
> won't bother with hypotheticals.
> If you want to waste your time, by all means, rewrite all my commit
> messages with essays that nobody will ever read. I'm not going to do
> that for some hypothetical case that will never happen. I'm not going
> to waste my time.
This is not a hypothetical. Almost every time I bisect a regression
in git.git, I find the commit message tells me exactly why the commit
did what it did and what the expected result was. I find this to be
amazingly useful. Do I need to show you real instances of that
happening? No. I promise it did, though.
Of course, 99% of the commit messages may never be useful to me or
anyone else. But we do not eschew them altogether. The 1% I have to
rely on are nearly always helpful and clear, and that is the part I
If you will not waste your time to write a decent commit message, why
do you waste our time asking us to review and accept ill-defined
patches? Here, of course, I use the royal "us" as I do not review
your patches. I do not know why that is; I suppose you patch things
outside of my interests, but it may also be that your patches are
simply incomprehensible by design.
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